hi emma!! Do you have any tips on memorizing long passages? I have to memorize Hamlet's soliloquy for my literature class by the end of the month, but the language is kind of confusing and it's a bit long. Thanks!!
Hi! Thank you so much. I’m glad you recognise it heh! Try a few of these things:
- read and summarise - read the passage over. Highlight or underline key words and only key words! Summarise in your own words what you’ve read. Try to make it simpler and more to the point.
- listen to audio - try placing the passage into google translate or if you have a mac, select the text and click “add as spoken track to itunes”. That way you’ll get a file just talking about your notes which you can add to your phone. I did this with an essay two years ago and still remember it haha!
- make sure you’re studying it in an active and meaningful way - just passively studying isn’t going to put the information in your brain. You need to find ways to engage your brain. This could be using different study methods such as mind maps, study groups or flash cards!
- handwrite your notes on the passage - by writing things out you’re giving your brain more time to process the information and therefore it is being more absorbed.
- talk about it to someone - ask a family member or friend to test your knowledge. Try to explain the concept to them without your notes. If you can manage, awesome! If not, you’ll be able to see where your knowledge gaps are.
- use mnemonic devices - this could be making a story, an acronym, or rhymes!
- get some sleep - sleep is an easy way to boost your remember. A lot of people recommend reviewing notes or flashcards before bed!
- use a colour code - I love colour coding anything that needs to be remembered. If you need to cover certain elements such as different techniques or themes, you can show them with colours.
- follow the curve of forgetting - You can’t be expected to remember every single thing from a class. Here is a graphic on the curve of forgetting. As you can see with the blue line, most of what you learn is forgotten if you don’t review it. But what the other lines show is how is can be retained if you review consistently. Make an effort to review your notes after class, after a day, after a week, and after a month.
Also, this post might help! I used it for my English course which was remembering a lot of quotes and references. I hope this helps!! x